To George Washington
Wednesday morning [1 Feb. 1792]
Mr. Ellicot having sent the inclosed letter from Roberdeau for the perusal of Th: Jefferson, he thinks the 1st. page and 2 or 3. lines of the 2d. worth reading by the President. The rest contains communications of small news. He has learnt that Majr. Lenfant, after his conversation with Th: J. wrote to Roberdeau to continue 50. hands; which shews he means to continue himself.
Is the President’s letter for Mr. Pinkney ready? Th: J. has sent a duplicate and triplicate to New York to go to Charleston by different vessels, there being several advertised there for that port. He reserves the first copy to go by post.
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the United States.” Tr (DNA: RG 59, SDC). Not recorded in SJL or SJPL.
Washington’s 16 Jan. 1792 letter to Thomas Pinckney about his diplomatic appointment is in Fitzpatrick, Writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, Washington, 1931-44, 39 vols. description ends , xxxi, 460.